New Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI): A day before the deadline for his surrender ended, Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt today got partial relief from the Supreme Court which granted him four weeks time on “humanitarian” grounds to surrender before jail authorities to undergo 42 months remaining sentence in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
Dutt, 53, had sought six months time to surrender to complete his seven movies in which producers have invested over Rs 278 crore.
The apex court accepted the plea of humanitarian grounds raised by him for extending the time for surrender which was to expire tomorrow but made it clear that no further extension will be granted to him.
“Considering the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case and reasons stated in the petition, we are not inclined to extend the time by six months. However, we extend the time by four weeks from tomorrow. It is made clear that no further extension will be granted,” a bench comprising justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan said.
The bench also noted in its order that senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Dutt, has agreed to the same that no further extension will be sought.
Meanwhile, the apex court’s order granting partial relief to Dutt was not welcomed by the counsel for the three other convicts, in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, who had also sought extension of time to surrender.
Farhana Shah, counsel for Zaibunnisa Anwar Kazi (70), Issaq Mohd Hajwane (76) and Shariff Abdul Gafoor Parker (88) alias Dadabhai, said, “It is nice that Dutt has got the relief. Definitely it is sad and disgusting that their (the three convicts) plea (for more time to surrender) on medical grounds was not considered and discrimination prevails everywhere.”
“I am very upset. Poor people who really deserve some relief on medical grounds, their plea was not considered. Their condition is so bad that they can’t even come on their own and they are aged,” she said.